The 3-Mind Model


Recently, I’ve stumbled upon a rather interesting way to conceptualize the human mind and perceptual mechanism. I’ve chosen to toy with the idea of thinking of the Conscious, Subconscious, and Unconscious minds as three parts of the construct of human awareness that has yet to be fully defined or empirically backed - a rudimentary model, if you will.As a hypnotherapist, it is important for me to at least have some kind of model to cling to in order to make sense of the mysticism which ensues in-session. Here’s my best crack at decoding the 3-mind construct:

I will begin by stating simply that the ‘iceberg’ model of the human psyche is perfectly suited for the 3-mind model. The underwhelmed area of the iceberg representing the ‘conscious’ mind (analytical, conversational, mathematical, ego-mind) and the submerged ‘subconscious’ mind (belief systems, deep memories, animalistic tendencies) aspects of the traditional view of this ‘iceberg’ model still stand. However, I submit that the third element, representing the creative, collective, jungian Unconscious mind is represented by the vast sea which surrounds the iceberg. The waters allow the iceberg to remain buoyant, interconnected, and gives the model just the right pinch of mystical underpinning.

I‘ve hypothesized that the Unconscious mind (capitalized to emphasize its profundity) is a collective apparatus; a wholly metaphysical construct which interconnects each and every ‘iceberg’ of perception or individual in the common world. It houses the collective interests of every seemingly separate aspect of our experience of ‘the other’ and plays an integral part in our inner world from an unseen level of influence. Our dreams take place in the vast and unpredictable world of the Unconscious for it contains the archetypal elements, the symbols, which are the very fabric of our psyches. All things shown to us in dreams are but individualized tangential possibilities played out in a beautiful symphony of relevant imagery, colors, and characters.

Often, our deepest fears are expressed in the form of nightmares as the Unconscious allows for every possibility created by the conscious or subconscious minds to safely express themselves and wash away, hindering not the fragile psyche of the experiencer.

The way I see it is, we create every possibility we imagine either in the physical or astral realms, so the imaginings we’ve breathed life into which do not support the narrative of our waking life are expressed safely in a world of wonderment whilst we sleep. This element of the human experience is a built-in protective mechanism which serves to keep murderers, ghosts, and werewolves from becoming a part of our living reality.Be grateful for your nightmares for they are truly here to help. The wisdom of the nightmare is held in the subsequent conscious mind, waking state processing of the symbols of the dream (murderer = new awareness of home secu